Ruffed Lemurs

Varecia rubra und Varecia variegata

Red Ruffed Lemur, White-belted Ruffed Lemur and Black & White Ruffed Lemur live in the Tierpark Berlin.

Leisurely climbing artists

At first glance Ruffed Lemurs seem somewhat clumsy and slow – particularly when enjoying a leisurely sunbath. Actually they are real leaping and climbing artists. They live in groups high above in the treetops of rainforests, where they easily reach tasty fruits.


  • Origin


  • Habitat


  • Diet

    Mainly fruits, also leaves and nectar

  • Status

    critically endangered

  • Size

    43 to 57 cm

  • Weight

    2,5 to 4 kg

  • Gestation period

    90 to 100 days

  • Achievable age

    20 to 30 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Group chat

These lemurs live in groups and communicate via loud calls. That way, they can warn one another about predators and show other groups that this territory is occupied.

Water-resistant and invisible

The black and white fur of the Black & White Ruffed Lemur is a fantastic camouflage suit in the tangle of foliage in the rainforest. It is also very dense and protects against wetness in case of heavy rain.


A friend to flowers

These lemurs eat fruit, leaves, and nectar. When they lick up nectar, their long snouts help pollinate a range of plants.

Did you know?

Ruffed Lemurs have hardly any natural enemies. Massive
clearing of rainforests and hunting threaten their population.
Young animals are never carried on the body, but crosswise
in the mouth by the mother.
Ruffed Lemurs are real sun worshippers and particularly like
the warming rays in the morning.
In contrast to other lemurs, Ruffed Lemurs have multiple litters
(1– 6 young).


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